Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ek Diplomat?

It's been a really long time, but SO MUCH has been happening in the past month, that I haven't gotten any time to adjust to the changes.

1. I got shortlisted for XLRI's PMIR programme (and got rejected by a few others). It's the flagship course and most people would love to do it. But I can't find a single DAMN reason to pursue a career in HR. And it doesn't really help when everyone around is going around saying, 'HR is useless". In fact, one person suggested that I pursue HR because 'kuchh bhi kaam nahi hota. Poora din net surf karna, comics padhna, aur shaam ko 5 baje ghar jaana.'

2. I've been getting drilled in the mock PIs. They can't find a reason as to why I would fit or want to do a PMIR course. Neither can I. And every damn person has the same reason to do an MBA: analytical, good with people. I think one can just record a tape and play it for the interviewers and they wouldn't even notice.

3. GDs turn people into animals. Everyone wants a share of the meat, and no one is intelligent enough to understand that if you do it in a civilised manner, everyone would have their, erm, moment in the sun. And GD is just about 'bringing in a new perspective'. No concrete conclusion. Just truckloads of opinions. For example, if you're discussing expansion, you could 'take someone's point forward' (I hate those phrases now) and throw in a reference about Pamela Anderson and her surgical enhancements which expanded her, um, horizon and you could win some points for originality. And people will not interrupt when you speak up next time because you might just end up bringing another new point. At the end of the day, it is just a clash of egos, me thinks.

4. About the, ahem, letter, lot has been said and done. I've learnt two things. Perspective. And opinions. People will always have them, and it is up to you to imbibe them or chuck them aside. You should do both. But it was a learning experience. So no regrets!

5. GMail blocks people after they send 500 emails a day. I think most of you found this out at your own cost. I did too :)


Neeraj said...

You didnt mention no letter :X

Anyway, so true about all those things you said about GDs and PIs. Tape recorder for the win! But you got to do what you got to do. Cant deal with it? Go abroad. The MBA scene is full of shit.

SSD said...

Letter is VNIT specific, so there isn't much you can do about it.

Grace Personified said...

1.) What nonsense! Kuch bhi bolte hain log!
2.)You don't need to be convinced in order to convince others...its an art form :P
3.) Strongly agree.
4.) 'swine flu? really?' :P
5.) should try that some day.

Fun post.

SSD said...

@Grace You can't blame them. HR people never reply to emails. And personal experience speaks, especially with my dad, who's in the manufacturing industry.

And about the letter, I just want to move on. Man, it was fun writing it though!

Surya Ragunaathan said...

Then why do an MBA? Do sumthing like a specialised course.. more value addition.. GDs are inspired from CNN-IBN's Face The Nation with Sagarika Ghosh... Just yell on top of your lungs... majaal hai kisiki jo naho sonega tumhari aawaz! :D

SSD said...

@Surya Excellent question indeed. I'm still to find the answer :)

Nikita Banerjee said...

Is MBA the ultimate thing? I don't think you want to do it either! KYun paisa barbaad kar raha hai?

Do what you really want to do yaar. Finally experience and efficiency counts!

Estranged Strangely said...

For anyone who doubts the value of an MBA, always remember this - your manager will always make more money than you do, go home earlier than you do, have less stress and work than you do and have a bigger house and car than you do.

Quote me on this.

abhishek said...

Hai Datarwa !! seriously Reading your mail first time !!
I do not completely agree with the italic statement, actually that's a personal choice , you do have companies who will make you work like a bull or human or pig.
About not replying to e-mails that's very true,HR has always been treated a support function and companies are busy differentiating profitable projects to non profitable projects rather than profitable people to non-profitable people, that's why we want people like you to join us and change the system :)